Growing fine hair to a long length can be a challenge, but with these simple tips you will learn how to grow fine hair long. Fine hair has a delicate texture and needs special care and attention, especially when growing the length longer.
How to Grow Fine Hair Long
Often when we are trying to grow our hair long we get frustrated because it takes so long to grow. I am not sure you can force your hair to grow long, but I do believe there are things you can do to help.
- Preventing hair from damage- when your hair gets damaged by using cheap products or hot tools it will break off ending in a shorter length of hair. It is really important if you are using a hot tool, such as curling iron, flat-iron, or blow dryer, that you use a heat protectant. This will protect your hair from the damage that heat can cause the hair, especially fine hair. Use a good shampoo and conditioner, using a poor quality shampoo and conditioner could leave you with a build up or dry your hair out too much making it easier to break off. Chemical abuse can make the hair brittle and break off. Be very cautious when bleaching fine hair, bleaching too often or too heavy can be really damaging to fine hair.
- Healthy diet-Eating a well-balanced diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables along with lean meats is good for us and our hair. We need certain vitamins and minerals to maintain a healthy body, skin, scalp and hair. Our healthy diet should also include enough water, we need to drink a lot more water than we think. Drinking enough water will help hydrate your hair and skin along with flush out any toxins in the body. A recommended amount is half your body weight in ounces, within reason. Vitamins and minerals could include fish oil, Biotin, and vitamin c. See here for more.
Sun- When in the sun wear a hat or use sunscreen. There are products available for the hair that have sun screen in them. Look on the label of what you like and see if it has sunscreen in it. If you don’t have anything you can put a drop of sun screen in your hands, rub it into your hair before heading out to the beach. This will make your hair look a little greasy, but will help the sun from baking your hair to a crisp.
- Haircut– Make sure you are getting your hair cut, so many times people think if they cut their hair it will never get long. This is not true, if you go too long without trimming the ends of your hair, they will eventually break, possibly shorter than if you trimmed them. I recommend to my clients to trim off no more than a 1/4 inch every 6-8 weeks if they want their hair to grow longer. If they are maintaining the length they have, I recommend they cut 1/4 – 1/2 inch every 4-6 weeks, depending on individual hair growth. This will insure that the ends of hair stay healthy and free of splits and breaking.
- Stimulate Scalp- This is something that we have been doing for years. Stimulating the scalp is a natural way to wake up your hair follicle and help it to remember it needs to grow. It feels good to get a scalp massage, but the benefits are much greater than just relaxation. Brushing your scalp distributes the oil down the hair to moisturize it naturally, and stimulate the hair follicle at the same time. You will need to use a brush that is good for your hair, I recommend a massage paddle brush or a bore bristle brush. These feel good on the scalp and won’t break off your hair while brushing. Start at the ends until your hair is free of tangles, then brush a for a few minutes. With your finger pads massage your scalp rubbing finger tips in a circular motion. This will wake up the hair follicle.
- Water– Even the water you use to wash your hair can be damaging to your hair. If your water is hard or has chlorine in it, it could dry out your hair, cause breakage, and even put a film on your scalp that would be hard for the hair to push through. This making the hair weak and break or not grow at all. Water softeners will help with this or even a shower filter head can help, Sephora has one that gets great reviews.
- Shampoo– shampooing less is a way to protect hair from damage, less shampooing, less blow drying, less hot tools result in less damage. If your hair is oily, you can use a dry shampoo. This can really stretch a style out a few days. I have dry hair but I use a dry shampoo to refresh my hair, give it a little lift and add a great smell. See here to read about freshening up your second day hair.